Sienna Miller Says Tabloid Tactics Made Her “Intensely Scared” and “Paranoid”
In testimony at the government-sponsored probe into British media ethics, Sienna Miller says invasive press tactics made her “intensely scared.”
The actress describes being subjected to a “web of surveillance” in which tabloids listened to her phone messages and read her emails to harvest intimate details about Miller’s life. “It was impossible to lead any kind of normal life,” she told the panel on Thursday, adding that she felt “violated, and paranoid and anxious constantly.”
In addition to the electronic monitoring, Miller says the paparazzi made her afraid to leave the house with their aggressive pursuit of her in cars and by foot. “I would often find myself – I was 21 – at midnight running down a dark street on my own with 10 big men chasing me,” recalls the star. “And the fact that they had cameras in their hand meant that that was legal, but if you take away the cameras, what have you got?”
Miller won a case against The Sun and the since-closed News of the World in 2008 over their breach of her privacy. “I wanted to know who knew, who had access to my telephone numbers, who had been listening to me… I wanted to get to the bottom of it,” she explained.
Earlier this week, Hugh Grant testified that the Mail on Sunday hacked his phone for a 2007 story. It’s been announced that former tabloid editor Piers Morgan and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling are among the high-profile witnesses who will testify in the probe.